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I Wish is a song by One Direction from their debut album, Up All Night. It is the sixth track of the album and is available in all editions of the album.

Lyrically, "I Wish" is about a person who is in love with a girl but he doesn't have the courage to tell her how he feels about her because he always sees her with the guy she loves.

Background

"I Wish", is a mid-tempo pop ballad. The song's lyrical tone has been compared to Robyn's "Dancing On My Own".[1]

"I Wish" was written by Rami YacoubCarl Falk, and Savan Kotecha and was also produced by Yacoub and Falk. "I Wish" was also a part of the Up All Night Tour.

Lyrics

[Liam]
Na na na na na
Na na na na na

[Zayn]
He takes your hand
I die a little
I watch your eyes
And I'm in riddles
Why can't you look at me like that?

[Liam]
When you walk by
I try to say it
But then I freeze
And never do it
My tongue gets tied
The words get trapped (Trapped)

[Harry]
I hear the beat of my heart getting louder
Whenever I'm near you

[All, led by Harry]
But I see you with him
Slow dancing
Tearing me apart
'Cause you don't see
Whenever you kiss him
I'm breaking,

[Zayn]
Oh how I wish that was me

[Liam]
Na na na na na
Na na na na na

[Harry & Niall]
He looks at you the way that I would
Does all the things I know that I could
If only time could just turn back

[Zayn & Niall]
'Cause I got three little words
That I've always been dying to tell you

[All, led by Harry]
But I see you with him
Slow dancin'
Tearing me apart 'cause you don't see
Whenever you kiss him
I'm breakin'

[Harry]
Oh how I wish that was me

[Harry & Zayn]
With my hands on your waist
While we dance in the moonlight
I wish it was me that you’ll call later on
'Cause you wanna say good night

[Liam & Niall]
'Cause I see you with him slow dancin'
Tearin' me apart cause you don't see

[All]
But I see you with him
Slow dancing
Tearing me apart
'Cause you don't see
Whenever you kiss him
I'm breaking,

[Harry]
Oh how I wish

[Zayn]
Oh how I wish

[Harry]
Oh how I wish that was me-e-e

[Zayn]
Oh how I wish, that was me

Live Performance

I Wish One Direction live in LA june 16 2012

I Wish One Direction live in LA june 16 2012

One Direction Tour, I Wish Live, Hammersmith Apollo

One Direction Tour, I Wish Live, Hammersmith Apollo

I Wish - One Direction in Nottingham

I Wish - One Direction in Nottingham

References

  1. Track by track review